Hi, I'm Joseph Rhyne!
I am a 5th year PhD candidate at Cornell University!

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My Research

My research interests lie at the intersection of historical linguistics and computational & experimental modeling. I employ these approaches to answer questions about the mechanisms of language change in data both old and new.


Some of the topics I am interested in include:

  • Indo-European Languages (specifically Slavic)
  • Phylogenetics
  • Language Evolution
  • Iterated Learning
  • Change-in-progress
  • Agent-based Models
  • Model Transfer


  • Reconciling Historical Data and Modern Computational Models in Corpus Creation
    Proceedings of the Society for Computation in Linguistics: Vol. 3, Article 54. 2020.

  • Stressful Conversions: Internal Derivation within the Compositional Approach
    Joseph Rhyne and Andrew M. Byrd
    Tavet Tat Satyam: Studies in Honor of Jared S. Klein on the Occasion of His Seventieth Birthday
    Ann Arbor: Beech Stave Press. 258-68. 2016.


  • Deriving collectives in the history of Slavic
    East Coast Indo-European Conference (ECIEC) XXXIX

  • Reconciling Historical Data and Modern Computational Models in Corpus Creation
    Society for Computation in Linguistics (SCiL) 2020

  • Contrasts in Case Usage under Negation in Old Church Slavonic
    The 31st Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference (WeCIEC)

  • Don't be 'a' Negative Nancy: GofN's origins in definiteness
    The 93rd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2019)

  • The South Slavic dialect continuum: Political division driving linguistic change?
    The 4th Annual Linguistics Conference at the University of Georgia

  • Counting back through history: extrapolating historical phonetic forms with computational methods
    With Betsy Miller
    The 84th Meeting of the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL 2017)

  • Quantifying the Comparative Method: Computational approaches to historical linguistics
    The 3rd Annual Linguistics Conference at the University of Georgia

  • Stressful Conversions: An Analysis of Internal Derivation within the Compositional Approach
    With Andrew M. Byrd
    The 26th Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference (WeCIEC)

Invited Talks

  • A MARVEL-ous Homecoming: Creating conlangs for Captain Marvel
    Department of Linguistics Allumni Colloquium, University of Kentucky


I have taught a variety of linguistic and writing courses at Cornell. If you would like to see any course materials, feel free to get in touch with me!

LING 3314/6314: Introduction to Historical Linguistics
Spring 2021

LING 4434: Computational Linguistics II
Fall 2020

LING 1109: English Words: Histories and Mysteries
Spring 2020

LING 1100: How to Build a Language
Fall 2019/2018
Primary Instructor

LING 1101: Introduction to Linguistics
Spring 2019


I have been creating conlangs for 16 years. Conlangs, like J.R.R. Tolkien's Quneya and Sindarin spawned my interest in linguistics. Recently, I have made the jump to professional conlanging, working with Ryan Windhearn on the Torfan Language briefly heard in Marvel's Captain Marvel! There are few ongoing projects that I cannot wait to share more about in the future!



If you would like to get in touch with me about my research, conlanging, or other professional opportunities, feel free to contact me at my email address